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HRSS Recent Rescues - Appeal for Our fighter, Rifles

11 February 2011

By Jacelyn Heng

Hello, my name is Rifles. Dont I look fluffy and adorable to everyone out there?

My Background

Sadly, I was cruelly "released" into a deserted forest by my previous heartless owner. Luckily, I was spotted by 2 kind-hearted joggers - Andrew & Warren. They tried to rescue me on the 1st week but it was unsuccessful.

I ran and hid in the thick bushes, I want to hide from all predators who will hurt me, including the both of them! I have decided not to trust anyone anymore as I had been betrayed.

Luckily, Andrew wrote to HRSS on the mid of 2nd week to seek advice on the rescue tips and the 2 men tried to rescue me with those tricks. The mission failed.

Not giving up! One of the hoomans (as I called them now), Andrew wrote to HRSS shortly after their failed rescue attempt to seek advice and tips. The 2 hoomans tried to rescue me with those tricks, their mission failed once again.

Knowing they are no match for me this clever bunny, they requested more helping hands from HRSS. They met up with the HRSS volunteers and made another rescue over the next weekend. However, I didn’t appear as it was raining heavily! How crazy is the weather in Singapore! HRSS volunteers passed the men a net and carrier so they could try to catch me again should the rain stopped later. The rain did not stopped until 2 days later and it was a cold and sad 2 days for me as I was all alone in the open, with no shelter, food nor warmth. I was starting to feel sad, lonely and helpless…..

Both Andrew & Warren,the hoomans went back to get me again the following Monday evening when the rain stopped. The men tried to set up a trap to lure me outside by placing a net by put yummy carrots and celery inside. The treats look really tasty and I was very tempted to go in, but I knew about their plan, and I wasn’t ready to trust these hoomans so soon! What if they will put me in somewhere even more frightening than here?

By this time, all the hoomans are getting anxious and was even more determined to take me out from where I was as the weather continues to get wet. The next evening, they met up with the first hooman, Warren again with the net & carrier. One of the male volunteers decided to go into “my” bushes when they spotted me zooming past it. He enticed me with carrots and tried to grab me when I was munching, aha, but I was too swift for him! Talk about bunny reflexes! They sent in another female volunteer, who is petite (just like me!), and tried the same old trick. Maybe I have a fondness for female scent (but hey, who can blame me, I am a boy!), I got too engrossed and fall into their trap. I was finally captured!

Badly wounded

Upon checking, HRSS volunteers discovered there were 3 deep wounds at my back. To their horror, there were even maggots living within the wounds. No wonder I was feeling a tingling pain all these while… They tried their best to flush and keep my wounds clean. Throughout the cleaning process, I braved it through and didn’t struggle at all! I feel really good as the process went on and felt happy having all the hoomans getting all fussed up over me…

After the wounds were cleaned

Grooming session

After that, I enjoyed a good grooming and pampering session, as I observed them throughout my “spa” treatment, I figured that they do not seem to behave like the hoomans that I know of. They seemed nice and treated me very well. I think I can trust them, but respect, they will have to earn them from me man!

*****

Note from HRSS:

Rifles is recovering well from his wounds and learning to trust again, he is a sterilised rabbit!

If you are interested to adopt our rabbits and give them a Home for Life, please visit our adoption gallery or contact us.

Important Message:

Abandoning a rabbit or "setting it free" to the wild is a death sentence. It is a dangerous misconception that rabbits are able to survive and thrive well in areas where there is ample grass or in large grassy fields. Domesticated pet rabbits have lost their natural instincts to survive on their own.

A RABBIT IS FOR LIFE. Rabbits should NEVER be obtained on impulse or as gifts for children or friends. Every year, animal rescue groups and shelters responded to more than 1000 cases of abandoned rabbits, there are unfortunately simply too little good homes for too many rabbits.

Relinquishing your rabbit through abandonment is also a poor lesson for children about assuming and following through on responsibility. Surely they deserve a better role model.

When surrendering a pet to a shelter, do visit this link and consider the points.

Animal abandonment is a crime and punishable by law in Singapore.

Please be responsible and we can all help put a stop to the suffering abandoned rabbits have endured.

If you are no longer able to take care of your rabbits, consider the following options instead of choosing abandonment:

- Place an ad in a newspaper's pet section. Be sure to screen any potential adopters to ensure the rabbit is going to a safe home.

- Place flyers with the rabbit's picture at veterinarian's offices, pet supply stores and on other community bulletin boards that feature pets up for adoption.

- Ask your friends and family for help


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